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The 22 Best TED Talks for Fitness, Health, and Happiness Inspiration

The 22 Best TED Talks for Fitness, Health, and Happiness Inspiration
If you have access to the Internet, you’ve likely seen one: We’re talking about TED Talks. These live-recorded videos are inspirational life lessons from experts in fields from architecture to cardiology and everywhere in between brought (for free) to Internet audiences by TED, a non-profit dedicated to “Ideas Worth Spreading.” There are now thousands of “Talks” on the site — mid-sized videos each with its own “ah-ha!” message or insight. But with so much inspiring to be had, where do you even start looking for innovative talks on fitness, health, and happiness? To help curate this free, digital resource, Greatist selected 22 Ted Talks that offer something simple and motivating to apply to everyday life. Fitness 1. Using his knowledge of evolution, anthropologist and author Christopher McDougall explains the surprising ways that running helped early humans run their world. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. John Wooden knows what it means to win. 7. Health 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. Happiness 15. 16. 17. 18.

Stress Management better/2014/11/forget positive thinking try this to curb teen anxiety/: Stress and Anxiety Interfere With Sleep Skip to main content Consumers Stress and Anxiety Interfere With Sleep Seven out of ten adults in the United States say they experience stress or anxiety daily, and most say it interferes at least moderately with their lives. These are among the findings of the 2007 Stress & Anxiety Disorders Survey, a report examining the effects of anxiety disorders and everyday stress and anxiety on sleep. Stress and Sleep Problems The majority of adults with a stress-induced sleep problem experience it at least once per week, and more than half experience it at least several times a week.Three-fourths of adults whose sleep is affected by stress or anxiety say that their sleep problems have also increased their stress and anxiety: 54 percent say that stress or anxiety increased their anxiety about falling asleep at night, and 52 percent of men and 42 percent of women reported it affected their ability to remain focused the next day. Sleep Habits of Adults On average, adults sleep 6.6 hours each night.

Stress, Nutrition and Diet - Managing Stress When we encounter something stressful, our nervous system and adrenal glands send signals to the rest of the body to help us think more clearly and be ready for a physical response – should it be required. This is a basic instinct that we have evolved to help us cope with potentially dangerous situations and is known as the “fight or flight” response. However in modern life we can become stressed for many reasons other than impending danger and yet our bodies’ reaction is the same. With their pre-determined instincts, our bodies’ still prepare our minds in this instinctive way and give less priority to other, less urgent, functions. Digestion is one such function that is given a lower priority during stressful situations, this is not good as poor digestion can make us feel unwell and this in turn can be a source of stress. Chronic (long term) stress has been linked to the tendency of the body to store fat around the middle (stomach). Tips for Reducing Stress Through Diet Caffeine Exercise:

How Does Stress Affect Sleep? Stress can impact your life in many ways, including negatively affecting the quality of your sleep. It makes sense: You lie in bed, worrying and feeling anxious, which makes it almost impossible to relax and quiet your mind enough to fall asleep. It’s no wonder people use the phrase “losing sleep over something.”That’s also why people who suffer from chronic stress day in and day out sleep less, have poorer sleep quality, and find it harder to function well during the day. Unfortunately, this cycle will only continue to get worse: If you don’t sleep enough at night, your body boosts its levels of stress hormones. The brain chemicals connected with deep sleep are the same ones that tell the body to stop the production of stress hormones. On top of that, the more exhausted you feel, the less you’re able to focus at work and at home, leading to even more stress. More downsides to all this stress?

5 Ways Stress Wrecks Your Sleep (And What To Do About It) The presence of stress in our lives has the tendency to be a “you can run but you can’t hide” sort of deal. We all go through it, whether it’s brought on by our jobs, our personal lives or even just terrible traffic. Stress may be inevitable, but that doesn’t mean we should just let it happen. When we’re stressed, our minds race with thoughts instead of shutting down at night, inhibiting important functions involved in memory, muscle repair and mood (yikes). First and foremost, stress prevents you from logging adequate hours. Stress has a way of making us toss and turn — and those restless hours add up. While there is no magic number of sleep hours we should log per night (experts recommend anywhere from seven to nine hours), research suggests that Americans would be happier and healthier overall if they at least got an extra 60 to 90 minutes per night, according to the APA. It messes with the quality of sleep. Stress could up your insomnia risk. It creates a vicious cycle. Alamy

Exercise and stress: Get moving to manage stress Exercise and stress: Get moving to manage stress Exercise in almost any form can act as a stress reliever. Being active can boost your feel-good endorphins and distract you from daily worries. By Mayo Clinic Staff You know that exercise does your body good, but you're too busy and stressed to fit it into your routine. Virtually any form of exercise, from aerobics to yoga, can act as a stress reliever. Exercise and stress relief Exercise increases your overall health and your sense of well-being, which puts more pep in your step every day. It pumps up your endorphins. References Seaward BL. See more In-depth

University Health Center | Managing Stress | SleepUniversity Health Center | University of GeorgiaUniversity Health Center College students, like Americans overall, are sleeping less, and if you are like most college students, chances are you are not getting enough sleep. On average, most college students get 6 - 6.9 hours of sleep per night, and the college years are notoriously sleep-deprived due to an overload of activities. Recent research on college students and sleep indicates that insufficient sleep impacts our health, our moods, our GPA and our safety. Sleep really matters. WHY do we need sleep? Sleep is important for a number of reasons. HOW MUCH sleep do we need? Most adults need somewhere between 6-10 hours of sleep per night. CONSEQUENCES of sleep loss Lack of sleep is associated with both physical and emotional health risks. Sleep and Physical Health Issues Lack of sleep can cause many health issues, including death, and people are often not aware that they are at risk. Lack of sleep has been linked to obesity. Sleep and Mental Health Issues Sleep and Academic Performance Establishing a Sleep Ritual

Stress and Sleep Younger Americans (Millennials and Gen Xers) report getting fewer hours of sleep per night on average, and are more likely than other adults to say they do not get good-quality sleep and have more trouble achieving their sleep goals.8 Younger adults are more likely to say they feel stressed by a lack of sleep (Millennials: 29 percent; Gen Xers: 23 percent) than Boomers (19 percent) and Matures (7 percent). Millennials and Gen Xers are also more likely to report feeling sad or depressed because of stress (Millennials: 47 percent; Gen Xers: 42 percent; Boomers: 29 percent; Matures: 15 percent). Gen Xers are most likely to say that they sleep fewer than eight hours a night (77 percent vs. 74 percent of Boomers, 66 percent of Matures and 64 percent of Millennials). They are also least likely to say they are getting enough sleep (45 percent vs. 74 percent of Matures, 56 percent of Boomers and 54 percent of Millennials).

Exercising to relax Rest and relaxation. It's such a common expression that it has become a clich. And although rest really can be relaxing, the pat phrase causes many men to overlook the fact that exercise can also be relaxing. Exercise is a form of physical stress. Aerobic and endurance exercise Aerobic exercise is key for your head, just as it is for your heart. Regular aerobic exercise will bring remarkable changes to your body, your metabolism, your heart, and your spirits. How can exercise contend with problems as difficult as anxiety and depression? The mental benefits of aerobic exercise have a neurochemical basis. Behavioral factors also contribute to the emotional benefits of exercise. Exercise and sports also provide opportunities to get away from it all and to either enjoy some solitude or to make friends and build networks. Almost any type of exercise will help. Autoregulation exercises Regular physical activity keeps you healthy as it reduces stress. Breathing exercises Forehead Eyes Nose Tongue

Stressed is desserts spelled backwards.